Summary: There is a lack of understanding of the Biblical truths on which the Founding Fathers of this nation laid this country's foundation. This ignorance erodes the Christian values the Founding Fathers had set for a course for the United States of America.
Grasping the Faith of Our Founding Fathers
It has been well said, "If we do not know the foundation on which the Founding Fathers laid for this nation, then we as a nation have no understanding on what we are to be today, thus we are a nation that has no clear vision for tomorrow." (Author Unknown) In the Book of Judges, we read of a time in Biblical history when the people of God were given their own nation. Those people served God during the lifetime of Joshua and they saw all the great things the Lord had done. Sadly, after Joshua and the whole generation of his time died, "another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what He had done" for His people. The generation after Joshua "did evil in the eyes of the Lord" and served the gods of the people around them. "They forsook the Lord, the God of their ancestors. They aroused the Lord's anger." (Judges 2: 1-12)
There is a lack of understanding of the Biblical truths on which the Founding Fathers of this nation laid this country's foundation. This ignorance erodes the Christian values the Founding Fathers had set for a course for the United States of America. Therefore, God's elect, Christians, are to be prepared to give a testimony of their belief that it was God who raised up this nation, He has blessed this country and how He will deal with Americans, depending on the choices they make.
There are a lot of historical facts about the beliefs of the men who laid the foundation of this country. This Fourth of July season is a good time to gain an understanding of the heart of many of the men who signed The Declaration of Independence. Men who knew the Bible says, "I am the LORD, and there is no other; apart from Me there is no God." (Isaiah 45:5) Many of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, had a firm conviction, there is one God and Jesus is the King of kings. Two signers, John Adams and John Hancock on April 18, 1775 said, "We Recognize No Sovereign but God and no King but Jesus!"
Knowledge of God's Word: Psalm 22:28 says, "for dominion belongs to the LORD and He rules over the nations.” The King James Bible says, “…He is the governor among nations.” In 1973, The University of Houston, Political Science Department released the results of a ten year study, revealing the sources our Founding Fathers used most frequently in forming our present system of government. From the pool of nearly 15,000 documents from our founding period, the researchers selected 3,154 documents they considered most significant to our Founding Fathers. The research revealed, our Founding Fathers quoted heavily from three intellectuals, Montesquieu, Blackstone and Locke. The most interesting conclusion from the research, our Founding Fathers were more dependent upon the Bible than they were on these three intellectuals. The Bible was quoted 4 times more than Montesquieu, 16 times more than Blackstone or Locke. Ninety-four percent of the quotes of the Founding Fathers were based on the Word of God. Thirty-four percent of those quotes were direct from Scripture and the remaining 60% were taken from quotes where they had used the Bible to arrive at their conclusions. The Book quoted most often by the Founding Fathers was Deuteronomy. The great theme of Deuteronomy is “Love and Obey.” Jesus, based His statement “If you love Me, keep My commandments” from the truths found in Deuteronomy. So explicit was the Word of God in the lives of men in this nation’s early years, Charles Finney, the Billy Graham of the 1800’s, came to Jesus Christ by reading “Blackstone’s Commentaries on Law.” Blackstone unashamedly used Scripture, referring to chapter and verse for every principle of law he cited. Blackstone's Commentary on Law, introduced in 1757, became the law textbook for lawyers for 160 years, and the Supreme Court quoted from it to settle cases. It explains: For Tax Exemption for Churches our Founding Fathers looked to Ezra 7:24. The three branches of government are based on Isaiah 33:22 “For the LORD is our Judge, The LORD is our Lawgiver, The LORD is our King; He will save us” and the separation of powers is based on the Book of Jeremiah. The inscription on the Liberty Bell, the Speaker of the Pennsylvania Assembly asked that a portion of Leviticus 25:10 be used. There are a lot more historical truths which prove our Founding Father had good knowledge of God's Word. (Liberty University Faculty Publications and Presentations, Clarence Holland; Wall-Builders, David Bartan)